About BCDHA


The BCDHA is governed by a Board of Directors whose eight members are selected through a regional election process administered by BCDHA. Through consultation with members, the Board determines the goals and direction for the Association. The BCDHA is a non-profit society and a constituent member of the Canadian Dental Hygienists’ Association (CDHA).

For more information on becoming a Director and the role of the Board click here. or view our video here.

Board of Directors Meeting Highlights November 5 – 7, 2020

To view click here.

Upcoming Board Meeting Dates:

January 28 – 30, 2021
June 3 – 5, 2021 (AGM June 5th)
November 4 – 6, 2021

Annual Report:

Click here to view BCDHA’s Annual Report for 2019-2020.
Click here to view BCDHA’s Annual Report for 2018-2019.

Interested in observing a Board of Directors meeting?

BCDHA welcomes members to attend Board meetings to observe the proceedings. Requests for observer status will be assessed on an individual basis by the Board and will be dependent on such things as agenda items to be discussed, meeting location, etc.

Requests to attend Board meetings must be received by the Chair no less than two weeks prior to the meeting. Please send your request to board@bcdha.com.

2020 – 2021 BCDHA Board of Directors


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Mandy Hayre (Chair)– Dental Hygiene Educator Representative (Term 2020-2021)


Mandy lives on Vancouver Island in British Columbia and has two main passions in life. The first would be her family and friends. Mandy loves to spend time with those close to her and enjoying entertaining in her home. You can find her hiking up mountains with friends and her dogs, or relaxing with a good book or movie.

Her career is her second passion in life. Since graduating from the dental hygiene diploma program at the College of New Caledonia, Mandy has practiced dental hygiene in various practice settings, including general and periodontal practice, community health, Indigenous community dental clinic, her own dental hygiene business and a hospital. She completed a Bachelor of Dental Science from the University of British Columbia, the Provincial Instructor Diploma from Vancouver Community College, and the Masters of Education from the University of Victoria. Since completing her schooling, Mandy successfully mounted a dental hygiene diploma program at the University of Vancouver Island and served as Chair of the program for the first six years. In 2014, she moved to become the Chair of Dental Programs at Camosun College and is happy to be starting new ventures there such as the low-cost dental clinic, which runs alongside the educational programs at Camosun, and a degree in dental hygiene.

Mandy’s desire to give back to the profession of dental hygiene and to contribute to its continued growth is evident from the many committees she works with annually on a local, provincial, and national level. She has started and been President of her local study club, has served on the British Columbia Dental Hygienists Association for over 16 years and has been Chair and Vice-Chair of the organization. She has been a Clinical Examiner and Investigator for the College of Dental Hygienists of British Columbia, a site surveyor for the Commission on Dental Accreditation Canada, and an Exam Committee member for the National Dental Hygiene Certification Board. Mandy has also served as President of the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association, the Board of Directors of the International Federation of Dental Hygienists, and a delegate for the American Dental Educators Association.

There is nothing Mandy enjoys more than being able to serve on the Board of BCDHA, where she can hear the important voices of the members and work at making their aspirations a reality!

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Susan Schmitz (Vice-Chair)- Greater Vancouver (Term 2019-2022)


Susan moved to Kelowna BC upon graduation from Algonquin College, Nepean Ontario with a diploma in Dental Hygiene. The mountains, water, and fresh air were hard to resist. BC quickly became home and her practice as a dental hygienist began. During those early years in Kelowna, Susan became involved with BCDHA where a strong network of friends and colleagues throughout the province began to grow. Moving to the lower mainland in 1985, she moved from general practice to periodontal practice. As the BCDHA representative to the Vancouver Community College (VCC) dental assisting and dental hygiene programs her interest in education blossomed into a career that is 30 years strong.

This turn in her career path facilitated a successful combination of passion for dental hygiene and a desire to seek further education. Susan completed the Provincial Instructor Diploma and the Diploma in Adult Education at VCC. From here, she launched into a pursuit of University studies culminating in a Masters of Education (Curriculum and Instruction) 2012. Susan currently is a full-time Clinical Associate Professor with the Faculty of Dentistry at UBC, for the past 8 years, following 22 years as a dental educator at VCC. Alongside these positions, she is an instructor with UBC CDE Local Anesthesia course offered each Fall. She has been active in study clubs since the mid-eighties and maintains membership with the Millennial study club in Vancouver. Working with students aspiring to become the dental professionals of the future and being able to maintain a limited private practice commitment fuel her desire to return to BCDHA and give back to the profession she is privileged to belong to.

Susan and her husband currently reside in Richmond BC. This has been their home for over 30 years, where they have been active in the community and committed to raising 3 sons. While the boys were growing, they were active in school and community sports. Both Susan and Bob have held positions with school PACs, coaching and managerial roles with sports not to mention countless hours on the road to games.


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Tammy Gulevich – Northern BC (Term 2019-2022)


As a 1987 University of Alberta grad, Tammy Gulevich has been practicing in Northern Communities for her entire career. She practiced in a Fort St. John dental practice for 27 years, before moving onto private dental hygiene practice. Currently, she is self-employed and practicing in both residential care and in a stand-alone private dental hygiene clinic.

She was a Board Director with the BCDHA at the start of her career and is enjoying her time as a Director 30 years later. She has experience as president and/or chair in both dental hygiene organizations, as well as community organizations

One of the benefits of living and working in a small northern town is being immersed in that strong community. She has enjoyed volunteering with the dental community on issues such as education and the municipal fluoride referendum. As well, she has been very involved with the Irish Dance Society, Northern BC Regional Science Fair, and the North Peace Rod and Gun club. In her spare time, she enjoys photography and gardening as well as joining her husband and family on hiking, boating and camping adventures.


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Daljeet Kaur (Jade) – Interior (Term 2020-2023)


Daljeet (Jade) received her Diploma in Dental Hygiene in 2009 and has been practicing in various cities such as Vancouver, Delta and Saskatoon. She also has an M.Sc. Degree in Microbiology and Food Technology; B.Sc. Degree in Biological Sciences; Bachelor in Education (B.Ed.) and a Diploma in Information Technology.

Before working as a dental hygienist, she worked as a Microbiology Lecturer teaching Post-Secondary courses, and as a Vice-Principal in the public school system for about ten years in total. Jade currently works at Landmark Dental Centre in Kelowna.

As a Canadian citizen with an Indo-Canadian background, she hopes to add to the cultural diversity and neurodiversity on the board, as a significant part of her education and learning came from outside Canada. She is confident of bringing a broader, global vision to the board and fresh perspectives to better help clients in B.C.

Jade is the mother of a 15-year-old daughter and eight-year-old son. Her husband is a health professional and works with a B.C. Government organization.


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Jan Kuzan – Kootenay Region (Term 2020-2023)


Jan moved to British Columbia after graduating from Niagara College Dental Hygiene Program in 2016. He has spent the last three years working in private practice in Cranbrook and is grateful for the opportunity to impact the community – small and large positively.

Jan is very excited to represent the Kootenays during the amalgamation of the oral health colleges and is motivated to promote the Association and its members. He is respectful, kind, and compassionate and dedicated to developing his professional skills.

Jan understands the important role of the Association to all dental hygiene professionals and will strive to support its members. He hopes to bring a fresh perspective and contribute to a balanced, open dialogue within the organization.


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Tamara Maniec – Upper Island Region (Term 2019-2022)


Tamara is a true island girl. Born and raised in Victoria, she feels very lucky to experience island life with wonderful friends and family. She graduated from the University of Victoria with a Bachelor of Science and Camosun College with a Diploma in Dental Hygiene. Tamara has been fortunate to work in the same private practice for over 20 years building many long-term relationships with clients and colleagues.

In 2016, Tamara began dividing her professional time between private practice and teaching in the dental hygiene program at Vancouver Island University. Interests include a focus on clinical instruction, communication, and technology. In addition, she has assisted in the production of educational dental podcasts, developed websites for dental offices, and has been a moderator for an online learning platform that provided business training for dentists through webinars.

When Tamara is not working, you can find her walking her westie (Bentley) on the local trails, paddling her kayak along the scenic oceanfront of Qualicum Beach or skiing the slopes of Mt. Washington. She is also still chasing the elusive hole-in-one on the many challenging golf courses in the mid-island area.

Giving back is important to Tamara for a profession she is passionate about. She has volunteered her time to provide dental hygiene services to community members in need and is excited about the opportunity to serve as the upper island representative on the board over the next 3 years, connecting with members and learning more about the profession.


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Margit Strobl – Victoria Region (Term 2020-2023)


Margit graduated from the College of New Caledonia (CNC) in 1990 and went on to complete a Bachelor of Dental Science in Dental Hygiene at the University of British Columba and a Master of Health Studies at Athabasca University. Her career began in private practice and part-time with a periodontist. Margit then became a fulltime educator at CNC, where she taught for many years before taking a teaching position at Camosun College in Victoria, BC. There Margit continues her passion for laying a good foundation for dental hygiene students and introducing them to the dental hygiene culture.
Margit has been a member of the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA) and the British Columbia Dental Hygienist’s Association (BCDHA), her entire career. Margit was a BCDHA board director for eight years, four of which she served as Chair. Margit has worked with the National Dental Hygiene Certification Board (NDHCB) and the College of Dental Hygienists of British Columbia (CDHBC), and as an author for modules commissioned by the Special Olympics. She continues to pursue her interests to be a better dental hygienist and assist in moving the dental hygiene profession forward.
Margit enjoys walking along the West Bay walkway and strolling the streets of downtown Victoria. She likes taking advantage of the many restaurants, spending time with friends, family and her two cuddly cats.


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Leta Zaleski- Upper Fraser Valley Region (Term 2019 – 2022)


Leta graduated from the University of Alberta Dental Hygiene program in 1994 after which she moved to Chilliwack, BC. She obtained a BC Provincial Instructor Diploma in 2010, completed the Dentistry for Persons with Disabilities program through the University of Washington in 2012, and Master of Education in Post-Secondary Educational Leadership at Simon Fraser University in 2013. Leta is passionate about life-long learning and serving the profession at the provincial, national, and international levels.

Leta has a broad and varied range of experience including clinical practice, dental public health, dental hygiene education and administration at UFV and Camosun College. She is devoted to the continuous development of dental hygiene education in both breadth and quality to meet the dynamic needs of an increasingly diverse population. She also strives to increase public awareness of the integral role dental hygienists play in improving oral and systemic health and increasing access to preventive dental care.

Leta is committed to supporting dental hygienists in the Upper Fraser Valley and throughout the province while work continues to address issues relevant to the profession and its member-owners.